The 2009 Budget Blues.
We had hoped for a budget that would bring about a green economic recovery where no one would be left behind. A budget where funding for those who dedicate their lives to educating and taking care of our children in early childhood education centres would finally be a priority. Where working parents could rest assured that they would not have to add their names to a waiting list as soon as their children were conceived, in order to secure a child care space.
We had hoped that those who have diligently paid EI dues their entire working lives, would be able get back that money when they need it most, without having to become destitute first. The New Democrats have a vision of a country where our artists and the cultural institutions that enrich our lives would at last receive the funding they deserve and the image of the “starving artist” would be a myth. In these tough times, green jobs that promote wind, solar and geothermal energy would offer us a unique opportunity to be leaders in saving our planet.
We believed that these dreams would at long last become reality when the Liberals agreed to all the requirements we placed in the Coalition Accord. Although we were sorely disappointed when Mr. Ignatieff backed out and instead signed on to a coalition with Mr. Harper, we refuse to just let our vision die.
I will continue to push for change and with your support I believe that we will succeed. Now, more than ever, we need to pull together.